Author: Tracey Garvis-Graves
Publication date: September 17th, 2013
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
From the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Island.
What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?
Chris and Claire Canton's marriage is on life support. Downsizing during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he's offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire's concern their time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can't weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.
Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they're spending hours together.
Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and they way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire's marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn't take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she'll never cross.
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have been attempting to branch out in the types of books I choose to read. A paranormal lover to the core, I didn't know how I would feel about a book that's main focus was the struggle to remain faithful in a failing marriage performed by a suburban house wife and the token sexy police officer. I am not the type of person who generally goes for those types of books, but I was drawn in by the eppervesent cover and the question of whether the tempted soccer mom goes through with her torrid affair or if she shows restraint that most women in her situation would be physically, mentally, and, above all, sexually unable to do so.
The love triangle of Chris, Claire, and Daniel starts with the presentation of a marriage that has seen happier days. Chris is a workaholic with no work to speak of after being laid off for a year from his job as a software sales manager. Despite having the picture perfect family, Chris is unable to find the happiness he needs to enjoy his life. Bills are piling up and the recession has put a hurtin' on the job market. Chris takes the first job in his field that comes along. The drawback? He is to be spend almost all of his time traveling without seeing his wife or his children. Chris's philosophy is to do what needs to be done to provide for his family and fix the emotional ramifications once they are back in the black financially. What he doesn't count on is the fact that his family may not be satisfied with "hold on a little longer".
Claire, the lonely and forgotten housewife, finds her way into a friendship with a police officer that pulls her over one day for a broken taillight. The "ridiculously good-lookin' officer" quickly starts plaguing her thoughts and her bruised heart. She reluctantly enters into a comfortable friendship with the man, telling herself that it will not go any further than just that. What she doesn't count on is how quickly and easily Daniel starts to take the place of absentee Chris. Staying away from Daniel is starting to become harder and harder. Can she continue to resist the officer who has his own loneliness and abandonment to deal with? Can two kindred spirits find solace in each other while not finding their way into a scorching hot affair?
I am absolutely and completely against cheating. It's something I am as passionate about as most people are about religion and politics. It is simply my belief system. With the premise of this book, I was so worried it was going to become something I just couldn't deal with. I even made grumble that I knew I was going to have to rate this book poorly once it came to reviewing it. Surprisingly, I found myself completely consumed by this absolutely plausible read. I felt for Claire, Chris, and Daniel alike. There was not one that I couldn't understand their point of view and feel exactly how they were feeling.
Covet is an all-American read of temptation, romance, family, and the resilience of love. Garvis-Graves has a way with words that causes the reader to feel exactly what the characters themselves are feeling at any given point in the story. It's a skill not many authors have been able to accomplish. This is a contemporary work of masterful fiction that even hardcore paranormal buffs like myself could enjoy.